song·​writ·​er | \ ˈsȯŋ-ˌrī-tər How to pronounce songwriter (audio) \

Definition of songwriter

: a person who composes words or music or both especially for popular songs

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songwriting \ ˈsȯŋ-​ˌrī-​tiŋ How to pronounce songwriting (audio) \ noun

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Examples of songwriter in a Sentence

an award-winning singer and songwriter he's both a singer and a songwriter
Recent Examples on the Web In the battles, two artists (typically songwriters or producers) go toe-to-toe performing their lengthy catalogs in an effort to be named victorious. Candace Mcduffie, The Christian Science Monitor, "Club Quarantine and beat battles: How black musicians raise spirits, money," 12 May 2020 The songwriter credits Kacey for helping him find peace and strength. Selena Barrientos, Good Housekeeping, "Why Kacey Musgraves's Husband Ruston Kelly Made Her Cry the First Time They Met," 18 Apr. 2020 Last year, Guyton finally got a publishing deal, a symbol of being taken seriously as a songwriter. Jewly Hight, Los Angeles Times, "Is country music finally ready for Mickey Guyton?," 9 Apr. 2020 Their producer, a graduate in aesthetics who set up his production company after years of working as a songwriter, has given them plenty of leeway in writing their songs and developing their own image. The Economist, "Beyond K-pop K-pop is changing, too," 7 Apr. 2020 Their version won Withers a Grammy in 1987 as the songwriter. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Bill Withers, 'Lean On Me' and 'Lovely Day' singer, has died at 81," 3 Apr. 2020 Fine, a Mariemont native and graduate of the University of Cincinnati College-Conservatory of Music, moved to Nashville three years ago to pursue a career as a singer-songwriter. Chris Varias,, "For $50, this guy will write a custom song just for you," 20 Mar. 2020 Comedian Julie Ryan and Apple Music Beats 1 DJ Julie Adenuga hosted the evening, which featured a surprise appearance by Taylor Swift, Robyn being honored as songwriter of the decade, Courtney Love picking up the night's icon award and more. Glenn Rowley, Billboard, "2020 NME Awards Winners: The Complete List," 13 Feb. 2020 At 67, she’s long been held up as an archetype in a lineage of rocking, literary Americana songwriters. Jewly Hight, New York Times, "Lucinda Williams Is Raw, Riled Up and Ready to Speak Her Mind," 21 Apr. 2020

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First Known Use of songwriter

1721, in the meaning defined above

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“Songwriter.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Jun. 2020.

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: a person who writes the words or music to songs

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